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    Default Maryland and DC pit stop recommendations?

    As usual, there has been a lot of focus on Virginia pit stops. (I can only be jealous of the Crystal City one being open all week!) But does anyone have recommendations on the Maryland and DC ones? Ones I could possibly attend are:

    • Rockville Fallsgrove
    • Rockville Town Center
    • Rockville Twinbrook
    • North Bethesda US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Rock Springs Business Park
    • Naval Support Activity Bethesda
    • National Institutes of Health Bldg One
    • Bethesda
    • Friendship Heights
    • National Geographic Society
    • Golden Triangle L Street
    • GoldenTriangle Farragut Square
    • Georgetown Waterfront Park Area


    However, applying my math skills here, that would be only about 15 minutes to get to and spend time at each one, which would be just about doable if I were using a jetpack instead of an overloaded bicycle with an ancient rider. I've therefore had to give up my dream of going to all of them. So, on that list, which ones have the best food? The best swag? The best raffles? The best entertainment?

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    Well, I got this from BicycleSpace via e-mail:

    "At our 440 K St NW pit stop, we'll host U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Please attend and represent the best of Bike D.C.!"

    I'm just doing my one in Old Town I think. Post-malady, I don't want to push myself too hard. Otherwise, that looks like an awesome list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    Post-malady, I don't want to push myself too hard.
    Sorry to hear you're still not 100%. Hope you feel better soon!

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    Silver Spring always has a good turn out but then it's the only pit stop I've been to other than Freedom Plaza so my perspective is limited and skewed by it being my home base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terpfan View Post
    ...I'm just doing my one in Old Town I think. Post-malady, I don't want to push myself too hard. ...
    Oh come on. Swing by Del Ray or Crystal City. They both are right on your way. I do hope you are getting better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riley Casey View Post
    Silver Spring always has a good turn out but then it's the only pit stop I've been to other than Freedom Plaza so my perspective is limited and skewed by it being my home base.
    Silver Spring coffee club has a reasonably sized group meeting at 6:30 there. Perhaps we'll see you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    Oh come on. Swing by Del Ray or Crystal City. They both are right on your way. I do hope you are getting better.
    My wife is going to ride as well (she never rides), so I'll see if I can talk her into more. Or at least riding up to Braddock Rd/King St to nab one of those free ulocks from WMATA. I would be lying if I said I didn't have two already, but three never hurts.

    And thanks all--feeling a little better and hopefully by the end of the weekend to do a full week straight. It was absolutely depressing driving so many days this week as the weather was so beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    As usual, there has been a lot of focus on Virginia pit stops. (I can only be jealous of the Crystal City one being open all week!) But does anyone have recommendations on the Maryland and DC ones? Ones I could possibly attend are:

    • Rockville Fallsgrove
    • Rockville Town Center
    • Rockville Twinbrook
    • North Bethesda US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    • Rock Springs Business Park
    • Naval Support Activity Bethesda
    • National Institutes of Health Bldg One
    • Bethesda
    • Friendship Heights
    • National Geographic Society
    • Golden Triangle L Street
    • GoldenTriangle Farragut Square
    • Georgetown Waterfront Park Area


    However, applying my math skills here, that would be only about 15 minutes to get to and spend time at each one, which would be just about doable if I were using a jetpack instead of an overloaded bicycle with an ancient rider. I've therefore had to give up my dream of going to all of them. So, on that list, which ones have the best food? The best swag? The best raffles? The best entertainment?
    I'm aiming for five pit stops tomorrow: Takoma/Old Town-nice people; Silver Spring/Discovery-serviced by my LBS, Silver Cycles; Bethesda Downtown-a better class of swag; Georgetown Waterfront-best food treats; and Freedom Plaza-a chance to see Team EPA kitted out). At different points in the past, I thought it was friends and family, money, love, and work worth doing that were the mark of a life well-lived. Now I know that free BTWD water bottles are the TRUE measure of success!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSpring View Post
    I'm aiming for five pit stops tomorrow: Takoma/Old Town-nice people; Silver Spring/Discovery-serviced by my LBS, Silver Cycles; Bethesda Downtown-a better class of swag; Georgetown Waterfront-best food treats; and Freedom Plaza-a chance to see Team EPA kitted out). At different points in the past, I thought it was friends and family, money, love, and work worth doing that were the mark of a life well-lived. Now I know that free BTWD water bottles are the TRUE measure of success!
    Yeah, I think 5 is far more realistic than 12. I definitely want to do Bethesda (where I'm registered) and Georgetown (for the food). Just trying to figure out which 3 of the other 9 I should prioritize. And unfortunately, the BTWD site doesn't really say a lot about what's going on where.

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    Okay, I'll blog this myself as I go along. First stop: Naval Medical (open at 6:00 am).

    Security was extremely dubious. "You don't have military ID?" "No, but I was told I could get in for Bike to Work Day." "But you don't work here?" However, after a check with someone, she let me in with just a driver's license.

    Swag: towel, patch kit. (Apparently, they didn't even have enough t-shirts for all who registered, so the last 10 registrants were being told that they couldn't have one.)
    Food: pears, bananas, bagels
    Entertainment: none
    Raffles: none
    Last edited by cvcalhoun; 05-31-2015 at 12:19 PM.

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